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How to Participate in Shared Decision Making with Your Doctor During Pregnancy


Once you become pregnant and see those two pink lines on your positive pregnancy test, many women immediately contact their doctor to confirm their pregnancy. And once it’s confirmed, you’ll be seeing a lot of your doctor as he / she cares for you and your baby’s health. 🙂 During your doctor appointments, I recommend bringing a list of questions with you. This ensures that you don’t forget anything while you’re there. It’s important that women feel like they are participating in shared decision-making with their doctor. It all starts with good communication.

On today’s episode, I’m chatting with Dr. Tamika Auguste, a board-certified ob-gyn at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC Dr. Auguste also serves as chair of the Ob / Gyn Clinical Practice Council at MedStar Health and as associate medical director of the MedStar Health Simulation Training & Education Lab.

Dr. Auguste recently made us aware of the latest edition of ACOG’s book “Your Pregnancy and Childbirth: Month to Month.” We were told that it focuses on shared decision-making with your doctor during pregnancy, so women can feel empowered in their choices rather than having medical decisions dictated to them. And after reviewing the book, I was impressed! The language is more conversational, and it includes updates on how to manage work, travel, prenatal visits, and breastfeeding during COVID. I am thrilled that this is an option for expectant moms. That’s why I am happy that I got to chat with one of ACOG’s doctors, Dr. Auguste.

Dr. Auguste recommends:

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